Many tutors come to ALTA with the intention of trying something new or giving back to the community for a year or two and end up spending quite some time in our classrooms. Many go above and beyond the call of duty and become coordinators, trainers and facilitators and get involved with countless projects from our marketing campaigns to ALTA Online. We’re taking this opportunity to thank all our long standing tutors, especially those who continue to give most of their time to ALTA. We value you. This year we say goodbye to two longstanding tutors : Deborah O’Neil and Shirley Farah who have both gone above and beyond for ALTA over the years, you will be missed.
Trained: May 1999 – Taught Levels 1-3
Last class taught: Level 3 in academic year 2009-2010
Joined Reading Circle in academic year 2011-2012 and continued until 2017.
Trained: April 2006 – Taught Levels 1-3 and Spelling Programme
Last class taught: Spelling programme 2017
Other roles: Coordinator, Training Facilitator, Presenter, Work Place Tutor, Workplace Project Manager
Our Central Regional Coordinator Cheryl Thurab Prince wrote a bit on Deborah’s contribution to ALTA:
On July 7th ALTA bids farewell to our colleague Deborah O’Neil who retires after 11 years of dedicated volunteer work. Deborah joined ALTA in 2006 to honour her best friend’s memory, an ALTA tutor who died suddenly. Deborah also wanted to give something back to society, but realized that in doing so, she also got great personal satisfaction. To quote Deborah,”it’s not about what I give to ALTA, it’s about what I GET out of it.” She firmly believes that literacy plays a great part in keeping crime levels down and was determined to play her part in improving literacy in the country. She began teaching the Level 1 class at Chaguanas Junior Secondary and spent eleven years with ALTA, teaching levels 2, 3 and the Spelling Programme at various venues in Chaguanas. She has also taught the ALTA programme at Union Claxton Bay Secondary School, Desalcott and most recently JSL International (Trinidad) Limited. Deborah will certainly be missed by her colleagues and students. ALTA would like to thank her for her commitment to the organization and wish her all the best in the future.